Mayors Sustainable Development Indicators

The Mayors’ Sustainable Development Indicators service allows municipalities to measure their progress over time, and benchmark themselves to other comparable municipalities across the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The service reflects municipalities' performance across various themes like climate change, equality, and well-being.  

The service has been developed with our Finnish collaborator Benviroc, and is funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation).

The Radar chart below is an example developed for a municipality, showing their progress against each UN SDG theme.

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The service currently covers more than 45 indicators which have been selected in collaboration with pilot municipalities in Finland, Sweden and the UK.  Their data is benchmarked against over 750 municipalities in these countries. We welcome all interested municipalities in Europe to join. 

Becoming a Member Municipality has many benefits:

  • For Mayors, the Indicators give you an easily accessible overview of your Municipality’s performance and progress over time. The knowledge-sharing feature allows you to compare with and connect to other forerunners.
  • For Environmental officers – Through the long-running time series, the service keeps all sustainability information in one place. It is a cost-efficient solution for meeting internal and external reporting requirements and for identifying areas for further improvement. The continuous development of the service allows you to influence which indicators the service covers.
  • For Citizens – Through the Indicator service citizens gets access to sustainability information that is easy to understand, empowering them to engage in improving the sustainability of their neighbourhood. The indicators have been developed to facilitate sharing of information on sustainable development to citizens with varied experiences and backgrounds.

Development of the service started in 2017 to identify relevant sustainability indicators together with pilot cities in Finland, Sweden and the UK. The full service will be launched in 2018.

For more information, please contact Tim Williamson.

 

Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it...

“I must congratulate each of you for your professional and tireless efforts. Let me point out that this has been the 'neatest' in-country review expert review team I have coordinated, and it has been a real pleasure.”

UNFCCC Secretariat

“Aether's approach to couple innovative visualisation with high expertise manpower delivered valuable insights for our inventory work.”

Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

“Chris was excellent to work with and always very pro active in making suggestions, taking work forward and applying his considerable technical knowledge in effective ways.”

Robert Vaughan, Defra Air Quality Team

“A heartfelt thank you to all the Aether team for this very comprehensive review – this is certainly turning out to be one of the most beneficial capacity building projects I have ever been involved in.”

Saviour Vassallo, Senior Environment Protection Officer, Malta Resources Authority

“Aether delivered training workshops and generated learning materials for our SSN members, providing technical content in a manageable and comprehendible format. We particularly benefitted from their extensive knowledge and ability to interpret the needs of our members into the training materials.”

Jennifer Anderson, Sustainable Scotland Network

“The professional service provided by your company was of very high quality and completed within agreed timelines.”

Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

“Both the face-to-face training and the online version have been of high quality, with dynamic methods and a practical orientation that have allowed students to reach a solid knowledge base. The products have been delivered within the stipulated deadlines with an excellent quality and the team has always shown willingness to make adjustments according to the requirements of CONAF. We are very satisfied with the work. ”

Javier Cano Martín, Professional Unit for Climate Change and Environmental Services, CONAF (National Forestry Corporation), Chile

“It has been a pleasure to work with Chris Dore and Richard Claxton from Aether: they did their job in a very professional and timely manner. The workshop was organized and carried out in a cooperative spirit; the information provided to the workshop participants was complete and clear.”

Alina Novikova, UN/ECE Secretariat

“It is always an absolute pleasure working with Aether. I always know what is expected of me. Their work ethic is of a very high standard and projects are always handled in a very professional manner. I have learnt many skills in terms of project management, quality control and workshop training styles from Aether and I hope to carry these principles forward in my own work. I look forward to collaborating with Aether more in the future.”

Luanne Stevens, Gondwana

“Engaging Aether to support us to develop the first GHG Inventory System and first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the United Republic of Tanzania has been a rewarding experience due to their high level of professionalism, creativity, timeliness and value for money. We will definitely consider Aether in our future initiatives.”

Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist Energy and Climate Change, UNDP Tanzania

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